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Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« on: May 17, 2017, 18:00:55 »
I've heard that the weak point on a soon-to-be-delivered mini racing quad I've ordered is its Antenna mount.  The quad (a Walkera Rodeo 15) comes with a solid bee sting style antenna that sticks straight upward on top.  I was wondering if there are any flexible antenna's that are recommended that could help save the video transmitter from breaking in a crash?  Apparently the standard antenna is so solid it can cause the screw-on terminal on the vtx to be torn off in a crash.

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 02:54:38 »
Ahhh, you will learn that even with a soft antenna they get broken, ripped off, damaged and generally smashed up.

Buy a Skew Plannar from Gav on here, a TBS Triumph or there is a new antanna called a pagonda, that looks fairly easy to repair and cheap to replace

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 03:08:33 »
Any chance of putting the vtx in a 3d printed box matey? I did this after ripping a few antennas off immersionrcs etc haven't had one snap in ages now  ~~

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 09:53:06 »
Any chance of putting the vtx in a 3d printed box matey? I did this after ripping a few antennas off immersionrcs etc haven't had one snap in ages now  ~~


Thanks for the good idea bud, but unfortunately I don't think there's any free space. The rodeo 150 body is a 3D plastic shell and the VTX sits right below the upper skin with only the screw terminal popping through.  I could disassemble the shell and try and reinforce the terminal somehow though.   ~~

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 09:56:32 »
Ahhh, you will learn that even with a soft antenna they get broken, ripped off, damaged and generally smashed up.

Buy a Skew Plannar from Gav on here, a TBS Triumph or there is a new antanna called a pagonda, that looks fairly easy to repair and cheap to replace

Thanks Fletch, but it's not the antenna but the VTX I'm concerned about.  The stiff nature of most antenna's are known to snap the connecting terminal off the Rodeo 150's VTX board, so I was thinking if a really bendy antenna existed that might help.

Something like this:



I think Fav's antenna look great and I'd happily buy one, but if they don't easily bend they're not really suitable for this requirement.   :smiley:

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 15:22:01 »
Yeah I understood ... I've broken both, and plenty of them both.

I ended up relocating my vtx so that the connection was 'inside' the quad and the antenna was tywrapped to the top plate, so when you crash it's only the top part of the antenna  that is exposed

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017, 16:14:59 »
The Rodeo's purpose built chassis and shell doesn't allow for any component relocation unfortunately.  Its either 'super-bendy' antenna, or just keep replacing the VTX as it breaks I guess.   :-/

I did have one idea: to glue a rubber washer to the casing that tightly clamps the screw terminal of the VTX on the external area of the quad body.  Should provide it with lots of additional strength.

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2017, 17:23:38 »
Can do a bendy antenna no probs and also an intermediate link cable too. Ants are a tenner ea.  Looking into new style protective covers now also. Watch this space

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Re: Recommend a Flexi Antenna
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 18:43:11 »
Cheers for the info Gav.  Sounds good!  I'll keep an eye on the main site and your sale page for info on the protective cover option.   ~~